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Tony Blair's leadership years in pictures

Tony Blair and Alistair Campbell on a flight to New York in 1996

Tony Blair was elected leader of the Labour Party in October 1994 and immediately set about reforming and preparing his party for government.

Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, walking hand-in-hand into Downing Street in 1997

Tony and Cherie Blair walked along Whitehall to Downing Street on 2 May 1997. Aged 43, he became the youngest prime minister since 1812.

Noel Gallagher of Oasis meets the PM at No 10

After becoming prime minister, Tony Blair invited a host of celebrities to functions at 10 Downing Street. Among them was singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher, of Oasis.

Tony Blair cycling at EU summit in Amsterdam

Tony Blair played on his youthful image when he cycled through the streets of Amsterdam to an EU summit.

US President George W. Bush (L) listens as British Prime Minister Tony Blair answers a question during their joint press conference

Tony Blair's foreign policy has been closely linked to that of US President George W Bush, since the latter was elected in 2000.

Abbas Adnan, plants a kiss on The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair's cheek, as he is greeted by school children in Basra, 2003

For many, the Iraq war is the defining act of the Blair premiership. On a visit in 2003, the prime minister was kissed by schoolboy Abbas Adnan.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair reacts as his wife, Cherie, sings 'When I"m 64" by The Beatles to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing, 2003

Tony Blair's wife Cherie became a celebrity in her own right, once singing the Beatles' When I'm 64 on a trip to China.

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair poses for photographers along with sons Nicky, Euan, wife Cherie, son Leo and daughter Kathryn on the doorstep after returning to 10 Downing Street May 2005

The Blairs, who already had three children in 1997, produced another son, Leo, in 2000.

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown talk during Bono's speech to the Labour Party Conference, 2004

The relationship between Tony Blair and his Chancellor Gordon Brown has been a source of media intrigue and gossip for the past decade.

Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2007

Tony Blair insists he wants to keep a 'meaningful' political role after leaving Downing Street.

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